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Shannon knows firsthand the invaluable experience and skill that is gained through continued training. On the morning of September 6, 2008, her husband, Sergeant Paul Starzyk, with the Martinez Police Department, was killed when he and his partner confronted an active shooter who had forced his way into a second story apartment building, terrorizing the six occupants. Sergeant Starzyk knowingly and willingly placed himself in harms way to protect the lives of three small children and two adult females by confronting the suspect who had shot and killed his estranged wife’s cousin. Sergeant Starzyk relied upon his training and experience and “Warrior Mindset” to tactically assess, evaluate, and respond to the deadly situation that was present on that day.


Shannon Starzyk has over eleven years of California law enforcement experience as a deputy sheriff working in various positions to include court services, detention, transportation, training and recruiting. While working in the detention division she was a member of the department’s Corrections Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.). 


Her educational credentials include a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from San Jose State University and a Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) in Child Adolescent Social Welfare Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Shannon is a graduate of the California P.O.S.T Instructor Development Institute.


As a Training Specialist, Shannon has designed and implemented course curriculum that meets both California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and Standardized Training Certification (S.T.C) for departmental advanced officer, dispatch, management and In-service Training. She possesses basic, intermediate and advanced peace officer certification from the  California Commission on  Peace Officer Standards and Training. Shannon has also worked as a Criminal Justice Instructor and Program Director for a College.


She is an experienced instructor having taught law enforcement courses to include Hate Crimes, Workplace Communications, Community Policing, First Aid/CPR/AED, Sexual Harassment, Critical Incident, Officer Involved/Fatal Shooting, Domestic Violence, Adult Learning Theories, Ethics, Performance Appraisals and Tactical Communications.